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Healthy Ramen Noodle Recipes: Living on a College Budget

While most people are aware of the obesity crisis sweeping our nation, many claim that eating the right foods is too expensive. Ramen noodles have long been known as a cheap and easy meal that can be prepared in as little as minutes. It is likely you have heard of the soup, but too few have given it the credit it deserves. You can get creative with Ramen noodles and prepare three very healthful meals for the entire family to enjoy while sticking to your budget!

1. Green Bean Delight


  • 1-2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Prepare the green beans by cutting off the ends and washing them. Steam them for five minutes or until tender. Combine the oil, the Ramen noodles seasoning packet and the Ramen noodles, crumbled into small pieces, in a large, non-stick frying pan. Coat the noodles in the oil and then add the steamed green beans. On medium heat, stir the mixture occasionally until heated through. Add the almonds and stir over low heat. When almonds are heated, serve immediately, adding salt and pepper to taste.

2. Ramen Noodle Walnut Salad


  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 package Rarmen noodles
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 bunch chopped broccoli
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Combine walnuts and noodles in a large frying pan and lightly brown with butter. Allow to cool and drain on paper towles. Toss lettuce, broccoli and green onions and set aside. Combine vinegar, oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper to create dressing. Combine all three mixtures together and serve.

3. Ramen Noodles with Beef and Asparagus


  • 1 lb thinly sliced steak, your choice of cut
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lb aspargus, cut in 2 in pices
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 packages Ramen noodles
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation- Brown steak in a large frying pan with olive oil. Add garlic and allow to cook five additional minutes to release flavor. When steak is cooked through, add water and asparagus. Cook until aspargus is tender. Add Ramen noodles and soy sauce. Cook until noodles are tender. Serve hot.

Eating healthful does not have to be expensive. Ramen noodles offer an excellent alternative to pasta, and, with these three creative recipes, you can save time and money on a meal that not only tastes good, but provides nutrition your body needs.

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